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Match Preview: Manchester United U23s v Norwich City U23s

26 September 2019

Norwich City U23s are on the road once again as they head north to play Manchester United U23s in the second division of Premier League 2.

It’s not been the best run for Norwich in recent games, who currently sit 11th in the league with one win, two draws, three losses and a negative goal difference.

The Canaries need a win, beating United Friday (7pm KO) would see them climb the table.

Opposition guide

United kicked off the season in fine fashion, as it stands the U23s side have won four games, drawn one and lost one. This leaves the young Red Devils second in the league, only behind West Ham, who are currently undefeated.

A shock defeat to Aston Villa (4-1) means that United now trail West Ham, who they were previously level with. United will want to go back to winning ways, if they have any chance of closing the gap to the Hammers.

However, it seems discipline may be an issue for United as of recent, with two players seeing red in the past two fixtures.

Consistency is key

In recent games against clubs such as Oxford and Stoke, the Canaries have conceded late. U23s Coach, David Wright, believes that the academy side can deliver promising performances against their opponents, if they remain consistent.

“We need to make sure we’re putting 90 minutes together, basically, and be brave enough and comfortable enough to play the Norwich way in and out of possession and if we do that the result takes care of itself.”

“That’s the bit we need to continue developing, the way we play, so we’re consistently doing that for 90 minutes. Not 89 minutes, because against good players the one time you do not do that, that’s when they score.”

Read the full interview with David Wright here.

Manchester United U23s v Norwich City U23s kicks off at 7pm Friday and you can follow the action on Twitter @NorwichCityAcad.


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